Editorial by Didier Coulomb

2006 was an important year for the IIR: the first phase in the updating of the Fridoc database, launching of the e-Bulletin, publication of a course, Refrigeration Fundamentals, the Red Book on frozen foods, a Bibliography on CO2, two Informatory Notes, and the launching of the new Web site. Numerous IIR and IIR-co-sponsored conferences were held all over the world. Towards the end of 2006, the international conferences on ozone depletion and climate change were held: see the Focus. 2007 will be an even more important year: our information and communication systems will continue to be upgraded, new publications, including an updated version of the International Dictionary of Refrigeration in 11 languages, will be produced, and several conferences will be held (in Ohrid, Portoroz and Barcelona in April and Strasbourg in November). The highlight of the year will of course be the 22nd IIR International Congress of Refrigeration (ICR2007) that is to take place on August 21-26, 2007. The Congress is already extremely promising: almost 1300 abstracts have been received. Register for the congress via the Web site: www.icr2007.org Other highlights lie ahead: 2008 will be Refrigeration Year and we hope you will join in the celebrations! Wishing all of you a Happy New Year full of promise. Didier Coulomb Director of the IIR